In the middle of trying to live our best life, do our best in our respective fields, and solving our own issues, sometimes we tend to forget that we need to take care of ourselves. For our minds and bodies to function the way we need them to, we need to do little things that would help improve our health.
This list features 4 health (physical and mental) and self-care tips that are achievable throughout the day.
1. Stay Hydrated
Hydration may seem like an obvious thing to do, but even the most health-conscious university and college students can forget to drink water from time to time (no, coffee or Red Bull doesn’t suffice. According to the Medical News Today, some symptoms of dehydration include dizziness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and increased heart rate. These symptoms, although not life-threatening in most cases, can lead to bigger problems if not addressed immediately.
To keep yourself in good condition, remember to always hydrate. Coffee and energy drinks are great in moderation, but there are more options to keep yourself hydrated and alert. Some water bottles have intake trackers to help you stay hydrated by the hour, and some have infusers to add fruity flavors to the mix. Tea, juices, shakes, and smoothies are also great alternatives, for those looking to decrease their caffeine intake. No matter how you do it, just remember to always stay hydrated.
2. Skincare Routines
Skincare routines may seem daunting, with multitudes of trends and brands that flood the beauty market. But skincare can be relaxing, and products don’t need to be expensive to work wonders. The basic skin care products you can start with are soap and moisturizer. Drugstore brands are affordable and good, but make sure that they match your skin type (dry, oily, combination). Speaking from personal experience, there can be great finds in your local Winners or Marshalls.
Some products from Winners and Marshall’s range from $10.00-$15.00 CAD. These products can last for at least 6 months. Moisturizers feel refreshing after a hot summer day or a dry winter. Moisturizers can also save you from a lot of pain and stress caused by breakouts or flaky skin. Having a routine ensures lasting results and boost a positive feeling when you at least manage to complete one little task in your day.
3. Check Your Mental Health
Sometimes academic and personal problems can feel too overwhelming and in the worst of cases, devastating. Mental health is just as important as physical health and it should be taken care of just as much. There are some in-campus mental health services available, such as peer support or student counseling centers. These centers have mental healthcare professionals who can assist with problems you want to focus on.
Depending on how busy the centers are, some may require early bookings for appointments. If you don’t feel comfortable going to support centers, mental healthcare apps are available. Apps like Well track, Moodpath, and MindShift have features like mood checks, readings about anxiety and depression, and segments on cognitive behavioral therapy that may help ease the effects of depression and keep your mental health in check.
4. Treat Yourself
Even in your busiest days, taking at least a minute or two to relax can make a huge positive difference. Eating a favorite food, cuddling a pet, watching an episode of a favorite show, or talking to a significant other or a friend can be some ways to make yourself feel better or just to take a break from all the stress.